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So my daughter's beetle has been sitting for a while because of the whole Covid-19 BS...
I have been starting it up occasionally to make sure the battery doesn't die.
Today I went out to start it, and it won't turn over. Everything electric works fine inside. It wont even attempt to turn over though.
I tried jump starting it anyway, still didnt work.
I also already took off the battery connections and cleaned them.
The battery is less than a year old, so I don't think it is bad.
Any help would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks

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You’ve been staring it but not letting the battery charge, every time you start it the battery drains a little more unless it is allowed to run for awhile. Charge up your battery.
 

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Charging the battery with a charger; checking for adequate voltage, is a good idea and it is possible, sometimes a battery won't recover from long term low voltage. Charge it, test it and see, if it is healthy.

Most of the time; a low voltage/charge, will make the speedo lights blink and possibly, a starter click or nothing at all, if really dead.

If voltage/battery is good; you might try: checking for 12V at the starter or jumpering the starter, to see if it spins. If no power, I would be checking for fuses; the starter relay and possibly the starter switch. If the starter won't spin; even with power, then it might be defective (pull, have it tested; at auto parts store)?

Which new beetle is this; 2003, which model, motor and transmission, does it have?
 

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You’ve been staring it but not letting the battery charge, every time you start it the battery drains a little more unless it is allowed to run for awhile. Charge up your battery.
Of course I would let it run a while each and every time. In fact I would drive a couple miles each time. I may not be a mechanic, but I do have common sense. Thanks for your input.

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I would still check/charge the battery. I had a battery die on me from the car sitting too much during this quarantine. I even drove it about once a week.

Even if the battery is newer, the lack of regular driving and if you have something like a parasitic draw could be enough to drain it.
 

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Ok so I have pulled the battery out, took it to my father n laws to check. As I expected the battery is fully charged. I will check the fuses, but of course I dont have a manual to look at so I would be pulling fuses blindly. If any one has a diagram or could tell me exactly which fuse/fuses to check, I would greatly appreciate it. After that, I feel that anything more like the starter or the starter relay, would be too advance for my minor mechanical skills. Thanks

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F1(10A) Heated wind screen washer jets, heated door mirrors, glove box lamp
F2(10A) Indicators, head lamp adjustment (gas discharge head lamps)
F3(5A) Fog lamp relay, lights
F4(5A) Licence plate lamps
F5(7,5A) Air-conditioning (AC),heated seats, cruise control, convenience equipment, engine coolant blower motor control module, parking aid, multifunction steering wheel
F6(5A) Central locking
F7(10A) Reversing lamps
F8(5A)Telephone
F9(5A) Electronic stability programme (ESP), Haldex coupling (2001^), anti-lock brake system (ABS)
F10(5A/10A/15AEnginemanagement
F11(5A) Instrument panel, AT selector lever lock
F12(7,5A) Data link connector (DLC), telephone(^04/99)
F13(10A) Stop lamps
F14(5A/10A) Interior lamps, central locking
F15(5A) ESP (05/99^), instrument panel, automatic transmission (AT)
F16(10A) AC compressor clutch, engine coolant pump motor, engine coolant blower motor control module
F17(7,5A) Door lock barrel heater (^04/99)
F18(10A) RH headlamp- high beam
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F20(10A/15A)RH headlamp-low beam, head lamp adjustment
F21(10A/15A) LH headlamp-low beam, headlamp adjustment
F22(5A) RH side/tail lamps
F23(5A) LH side/tail lamps
F24(20A) Wind screen wash/wipe system
F25(25A) AC/heater blower motor, air conditioning (AC)
F26(20A/25A) Heated rear window
F27(10A/15A) Rear screen wiper
F28(15A) Fuel pump
F29(10A/15A) Engine management
F30(20A) Sunroof
F31(20A) Brake assist (05/99^), automatic transmission (AT)
F32(10A/15A) Engine management
F33(20A) Headlamp washers
F34(10A) Engine management
F35(30A) Trailer socket
F36(15A) Front fog lamps, rear fog lamps
F37(10A) Audio unit, convenience equipment, navigation system (05/99^), S-contact
F38(15A) Boot lid/tail gate lamp, central locking, convenience equipment, remote fuel flap/boot lid/tailgate release
F39(15A) Hazard warning lamps
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F42(25A) Audio unit, audio unit output amplifier, navigation system
F43(10A) Engine management
F44(15A) Heated seats

After pulling the battery what exactly was the charge reading? I assume you used a multimeter? It should be from 12.5-12.7v for a fairly new fully charged battery. Anything less than 12.1-12.2 is dead.

The starter has a short braided copper wire on top of the starter body about 2-3” long. It connects the starter body to the solenoid which is attached to the starter itself. Up north here on the salty winter roads that wire will turn to copper dust and fail to conduct electricity. Your dash will light up but nothing happens with the starter.

To summarize, make sure you battery is fully charged at 12.7v, check your starter.
 

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2000 beetle owner.....yes to taking it on a long run or disconnecting battery while garaged. Check for interior/sun visor lights that are left on and you don't notice them. They are a constant drain as is the computer.
 
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